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#41 OFFLINE   paulman182

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:10 AM

Wait...no Lindsey Lohan news?
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#42 OFFLINE   bjamin82

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:20 AM

So DirecTV gives us Aljazeera America but won't provide BBC World News or Sky News.

 

It's pretty sad.

 

From my understanding, its not that D* doesn't want to give us theses, but some other blocker. 

 

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:21 AM

Been watching AJA for many hours now since yesterday;

 

Seems pretty tame stuff so far, with just straight international news reporting largely devoid of editorial commentary.

 

No real discernible anti-american bias I can detect, at least early on here.

 

But I agree, the soft and blurriness of DIRECTV's SD PQ just isn't going to cut it. Really need the HD feed ASAP.     


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:05 PM

I watched a bit. I was actually surprised that the PQ wasn't worse than it is. (It actually looked blurrier on Fios, which is very odd for SD.)

 

Still, it is SD and it is not great SD at that. But far better than I had hoped. (Especially given that I am not impressed with the Bein HD at all.)


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:09 PM

It would be nice if they add this to a Spanish package Mas Ultra, I'm tired of watching CNN,HLN and MSNBC I want to watch unbiased news and no gossips, It was nice when I used to stream to AJE on my ipad.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:18 PM

So DirecTV gives us Aljazeera America but won't provide BBC World News or Sky News.

 

It's pretty sad.

 

I don't think Sky is available in this hemisphere, at least I haven't seen it on any US or Canadian DBS service.  But as for BBC World, that CONTINUES to be inexcusable.

 

And on the content front, it was an excellent first day for AJA.  Good, solid, reporting, no celebrity crap at all....just what they promised.  If you take MSNBC and combine it with Fox and stir in a bit of HLN, you get everything AJA is NOT.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:35 PM

You can find the cut and paste source from the blaze folks here:
http://www.getthebla...om/take-action/

It's kind of amusing yet sad reading some of the comments on the Directv FB page!

 

There seems to be a lot of anti-Blaze bias in this thread in spite of the fact that this forum is supposed to be non political.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:56 PM

There seems to be a lot of anti-Blaze bias in this thread in spite of the fact that this forum is supposed to be non political.


It does seem interesting that The Blaze is the source for attacks on the Al Jazeera America channel. That being said, their suggested attack seems to be focused on "carry us too" not "remove the channel". The Blaze wants people to petition DISH as well, to get their channel moved to AT200 instead of AT250 (another few million subscribers).

I don't believe it is anti-Blaze bias to point out the source of the anti-Al Jazeera America comments being used to petition DirecTV. But it should be noted that now it has been pointed out the thread can move on to discussing the actual channel.
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:08 PM

I watched a bit. I was actually surprised that the PQ wasn't worse than it is. (It actually looked blurrier on Fios, which is very odd for SD.)

 

Still, it is SD and it is not great SD at that. But far better than I had hoped. (Especially given that I am not impressed with the Bein HD at all.)

As far as I know, Al Jazeera has never been HD.  Their streaming feeds were all very blurry SD,  The DirecTv and Xfinity feeds are actually MUCH better than even their AJ English satellite distribution channel was.   Agreed tho, to succeed, they need to be HD.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:09 AM

There seems to be a lot of anti-Blaze bias in this thread in spite of the fact that this forum is supposed to be non political.


No. Just talking about the tactics being used by the Blaze fans. It has been obnoxious. You can't go to any topic on the directv Facebook page and not get repetitive posts by the same people polluting the conversation.
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:02 AM

I'm a fan of carrying The Blaze as an alacarte option, like the newly launched DogTV. Being a fan of The Blaze, I'd certainly pay an extra $5 or $8 to have it as a sub option.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:53 AM

Out of curiosity how does the international Aljazeera channels abroad paint issues like same sex marriage? I know it has a rep for not slanting to either political side but knowing its owned by the monarchy of a Sharia law country there has to be some type of preference in those type of social issues. Just asking because I was reading that they want this channel to target young generations more or less and younger generations are more progressive on issues like that.

In the time that I've watched Al Jazeere English I have never seen the topic come up but I have seen discussion shows with women talking about marital problems, etc. Very un-Islamic law.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:02 AM

Been watching AJA for many hours now since yesterday;

 

Seems pretty tame stuff so far, with just straight international news reporting largely devoid of editorial commentary.

 

No real discernible anti-american bias I can detect, at least early on here.

 

But I agree, the soft and blurriness of DIRECTV's SD PQ just isn't going to cut it. Really need the HD feed ASAP.     

 

That's the point of Al Jazeera. And I like the fact they still show the Newshour from AJE. Hopefully it will go HD quickly. While I don't know if AJE is in HD anywhere, lots of video content of thier website is available in HD.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:49 AM

DirecTV didn't "give" us anything, Al Jazeera purchased Current and used it to launch Al Jazeera America, instead of running away like Time Warner or backing out at the last minute like U-Verse, they honored the existing contract.

 

My comment about BBC World News was wrong to use the word "give".  I should have used the word "provide".   This country needs more international news and BBC World News is about the only choice I know about.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:53 AM

AJA had coverage of the Zimbabwean elections this morning. When was the last time Zimbabwe was on any other cable news network? Good stuff.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:05 PM

My comment about BBC World News was wrong to use the word "give".  I should have used the word "provide".   This country needs more international news and BBC World News is about the only choice I know about.

Yes, Getting BBC World news is way overdue. We should also have CNN International, and don't tell me it's not available, because it is on all Verizon FIOS cable systems and many others.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:15 PM

Yes, Getting BBC World news is way overdue. We should also have CNN International, and don't tell me it's not available, because it is on all Verizon FIOS cable systems and many others.

CNN International is available to any provider who wants to make a deal for it with Turner. The previous carriage was tied to CNNfn where CNN International would be provided overnight and on weekends when CNNfn signed off, unfortunately instead of just continuing to carry CNN International 24/7 after CNNfn ceased, most providers opted to drop it entirely. Right now it's mainly available on Time Warner Cable, FiOS, U-Verse and some other smaller providers like Blue Ridge.

As for other international news channels available in the USA, there's also euronews.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:05 PM

A channel like AJA is what everybody says they want.   Good, basic journalism free of political hoo-ha.

 

I really like it so far.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 04:07 PM

In regards to Al Jazerra American being in HD I did receive an email from them today saying  "Though HD will not be available for Al Jazeera America, you can continue to access quality, in-depth coverage of overlooked issues that are of interest to the American public by tuning in and watching us on TV or by going to our website" Don't know the long-term plans but the PQ on Al Jazeera English when I watched it on TV in the Mideast was better than what I am getting here on DTV.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:46 PM

No. Just talking about the tactics being used by the Blaze fans. It has been obnoxious. You can't go to any topic on the directv Facebook page and not get repetitive posts by the same people polluting the conversation.

 

Agreed. I just saw a post by DirecTV asking what people thought the best film franchise is, and I see things about Blaze. And a new one, someone saying that DirecTV refuses to add GaitherTV. This was a new one to me, so I looked it up. It's a Gospel Internet channel at $5 a month. As in not available from any provider and anyone interested can subscribe via Internet.

 

Personally, I don't really care if DirecTV adds Blaze or not, but I'm all for it if it cuts down on the spam type comments. Though I doubt anyone that complains about AJA has actually seen its content. Sometimes I think the average American actually needs a commentator to tell them what to think, on both sides.






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